Brad Pitt has made a name for himself in the industry on his own. He has worked tirelessly for many years to become an A-list actor. Although the actor is resilient, there was a time when he thought he couldn’t do it anymore and nearly gave up. Pitt had to go through some terrible situations while filming Interview with the Vampire in 1994. 

Brad Pitt at an event
Brad Pitt at an event

The 59-year-old actor had no choice but to continue working on the film series because leaving would have cost him $40 million out of his pocket. 

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Brad Pitt said that filming for Interview with the Vampire broke him one day

Brad Pitt in Interview with Vampire
Brad Pitt in Interview with Vampire

The film series Interview with the Vampire which is also considered one of the best works of Brat Pitt’s career made him depressed. He was fine until they were shooting in New Orleans, but the location was quickly changed to London, and Pitt had no idea what was in store for him. In an interview, while talking about miserable shooting conditions Pitt said,

“But then we got to London, and London was dark. London was dead of winter. We’re shooting in Pinewood Studios, which is an old institution all the James Bond films. There’s no windows in there. It hasn’t been refabbed in decades. You leave for work in the dark you go into this cauldron, this mausoleum, and then you come out and it’s dark.”

The Babylon actor claimed that he became depressed and began to reconsider his decision to work on the film. He asked his good friend and Producer of the movie about how much will it cost him if he walks out and he said $40 million. Pitt said,

“I’m telling you, one day it broke me. It was like, ‘Life’s too short for this quality of life.’ I called David Geffen, who was a good friend. He was a producer, and he’d just come to visit. I said, ‘David, I can’t do this anymore. I can’t do it. What will it cost me to get out?’ 

He further added,

And he goes, very calmly, ‘Forty million dollars.’ And I go, ‘OK, thank you.’ It actually took the anxiety off of me. I was like, ‘I’ve got to man up and ride this through, and that’s what I’m going to do.'”

The filming for the movie turned out to be a nightmare for the actor in many ways. It was not just the miserable location that depressed him but also the competitive spirit between him and Tom Cruise

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Brad Pitt said he and Tom Cruise had a competitive nature on the sets of Interview with the Vampire

Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise
Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise

Although there was no bad blood between Pitt and Cruise, the Fight Club actor recalls feeling a competitive vibe between him and Cruise. He said that the Mission Impossible actor is very different from him. Pitt said,

“You gotta understand, Tom and I are… we walk in different directions. He’s North Pole. I’m South.”

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As both actors were rising stars at that time they both wanted to be the best ones on screen. Pitt claims that their competitive nature towards each other always was the reason they never had any real conversation. The Troy actor didn’t shy away from praising the Cocktail actor. Pitt said Cruise is on top because he is a good actor. 

Source: The Things

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